The Swing Shift Shuffle is a radio program of swing, big band, jazz, boogie woogie and other popular music from the 1930's and 40's that airs every Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (US Central Time) on WEVL 89.9 FM in Memphis, Tennessee, with a live webcast at wevl.org. In addition to the radio show, this blog is dedicated to all aspects of the Swing Era, including art, automobiles, cartoons, comics, history, movies, music, news, science, technology, and anything else that happened during that time. It also includes announcements about events in the Memphis/Mid-South area related to the Swing Era, such as classic movies, concerts, dances, lectures, etc. If you see something that fits the description, send it to me at tim@wevl.org. If you would like more information about the radio show, just go to the Radio Show FAQ page.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Black Cat


I don't know when DC introduced Catwoman as a villain, but this Black Cat comic, posted on Four Color Shadows, reveals a possible inspiration, although she is a crime fighter.  Her secret identity is glamorous movie star, Linda Turner. 

Sunrise Serenade: Dinah

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "Dinah" by the Benny Goodman Quartet.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Playlist For August 15, 2018

The playlist for the August 15, 2018 broadcast of the Swing Shift Shuffle has now been added to the playlist filing cabinet.  

Sunrise Serenade: Jack The Bear

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Jack The Bear" by Duke Ellington and His Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Early Chop Top


This photo on Rivet Head interested me because of the 1940's tag.  I know chopped tops were easily around by the late 1950's, but I did not realize people were doing such a severe chop as the above even in the late 1940's.

Sunrise Serenade: We Just Couldn't Say Goodbye

Today's Sunrise Serenade was "We Just Couldn't Say Goodbye" by the Boswell Sisters.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line

Monday, August 13, 2018

Sunrise Serenade: Poor Simple Simon

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "Poor Simple Simon" by Anita O'Day.  Enjoy the video from YouTube.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Porky's Pastry Pirates

I have never seen this one.  Porky Pig operates a bakery.  A fly sits hungrily outside his window, but is afraid to go inside because of Porky's violence with a fly swatter.  Along comes a bee, who sounds a lot like Edward G. Robinson, who shows the fly how to get some of the sweeties.  From the Internet Archive, here is the 1942 Warner Bros. animated short, Porky's Pastry Pirates

Sunrise Serenade: King Porter Stomp

This morning's Sunrise Serenade was "King Porter Stomp" by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra.  Click on the song title to listen courtesy of Jazz On Line.

Thursday, August 9, 2018